Salon FAQs
Rockville MD

What is

Balayage

Pronounced BAH-LEE-AHGE, balayage is actually a French word meaning ‘sweeping,’ as in to sweep on a hair lightener to create highlights. Balayage is the technique of free-hand painting highlights onto the hair, creating a soft and natural gradation of lightness towards the ends. The result is the look of summers spent at the beach, or the fresh, unintentionally perfect highlights on a child. This natural-looking highlighting technique is not just for blondes, but is actually used on all shades of hair to add soft, sunkissed dimension.

What is

Highlight

Highlights are traditionally applied using a method called “foiling,” in which sheets of foil are used to separate strands of hair that have been covered with a color or lightener before wrapping them in the foil to process. The foil keeps the lightener from getting on the surrounding hair, and also traps heat, allowing the lightener to lift more effectively. Foil highlights are generally placed close to the scalp, lightening the hair from the roots to the ends for an all-over highlighted look.

What is a

Color Correction

There are many types of color corrections, but the two most common color corrections are making really dark hair much lighter, and making really light hair much darker. Have you ever gone into the salon after you colored your hair with box color and asked to be really REALLY blonde? Getting you to be super blonde after using dark color on your hair is not nearly as easy as you think it is.

You’re hair will need to be bleached to get you to the desired level, but it’s not as simple as throwing some bleach on and walking away. After using box dye, your hair will be more prone to lift, or lighten, with reddish/orange tones, or lift unevenly. (No one wants orange stripes in their hair!) The stylist then has to use more color on top of that to cancel out any and all unwanted tones in order to achieve your desired color.

If you’re platinum blonde and want to go a darker color, the stylist will need to fill your hair with a color like a red, as blonde hair does not have any pigment, and then put the desired tone on top of the filler after it’s rinsed out. If you’ve ever tried to put a dark color on your light hair and it washed out right away, that would be because your hair does not have any warm pigments for the dark color to grab on to!

Some color corrections are a lot easier than others, as some can be done in one appointment while others can take weeks to accomplish! Typically a color correction is fairly expensive, extremely time consuming, and may damage your hair

What to expect

Fashion Colors

It’s going to take time—aka multiple appointments.
Before we take you to great, colorful heights—it’s going to take some work to get you light enough for that unicorn color! If your hair is virgin, naturally dark or has EVER been colored darker, it’s going to take longer to achieve the color you’re dreaming of. Already blonde? It will still take a couple of processes to prepare your hair for a trendy pastel. We’ll keep your hair looking good in-between appointments. If you want lavender, we can start with a darker violet and slowly go lighter!

You’re going to be in the salon for a long time.
What does it take to achieve a fashion color? Extracting previous color, lightening once (or twice!), applying color, cutting and drying—basically, expect to be here for awhile. Between every step, you’ll need a blow dry and treatments to keep your hair happy and healthy. Expect to be in the salon 3-8 hours per visit!
It’s not cheap.
Fashion colors are direct dyes for TEMPORARY color, so even with proper care, they will last 4-8 weeks. Pastels have a shorter lifespan because they are sheer and light, typically lasting from 1-2 weeks. You can maintain color more easily with aftercare products recommended by your stylist.
You have to be blonde to achieve a fashion color.
At the VERY least, you have to be a dark blonde before having a fashion color. Blonde hair means damage, so it’s crucial that you take care of yourself with good products. When we recommend products for you, please listen. Damaged hair doesn’t hold color, so if you are going to invest in a fashion color protect your investment (and your hair!)
Fashion colors are high maintenance & fade quickly.
Fashion colors are direct dyes for TEMPORARY color, so even with proper care, they will last 4-8 weeks. Pastels have a shorter lifespan because they are sheer and light, typically lasting from 1-2 weeks. You can maintain color more easily with aftercare products recommended by your stylist.

What is a

Toner or Glaze

A Hair toner is a hair dye product that contains little or no ammonia and thus belongs to the group of demi-permanent or semi-permanent dyes. It allows the hairdresser to adjust the tone of your hair color, but it cannot change your hair color! It helps fix, enhance, or neutralize unwanted undertones. This means removing warm tones or adding missing warm tones. In addition, it allows the hairdresser to ensure an even hair color result from the roots to the ends. It is therefore suitable for fine tuning and minor color adjustment. Due to the low ammonia content, it does not penetrate deep into the hair strand, but rather only wraps the hair and acts as a "top coat", so unlike the permanent hair color, it gradually washes away. Another plus? The low ammonia formula means it is a gentle choice for any hair type, even if it is damaged. On the contrary, it will help to improve the appearance of damaged or dry hair!

You will not only find toner in the form of hair dye. Today, toners come in many different forms. Gloss, toning shampoos, conditioners, masks and foams can also be considered toners, because all these products contain pigments that adjust the tone of your hair. Silver or purple shampoo can also be considered as such "kind of a toner". Professional salon toners are more pigmented = more effective, and their results last longer. However, pigmented care is great for maintaining color at home.

What is a

Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout hair treatment is a liquid keratin formula that bonds to your hair to create a protective layer around each strand, effectively diminishing frizz, sealing the cuticle, and protecting against any external damage. After getting the treatment, your hair will be left hydrated, less frizzy, and more resilient to heat styling — not to mention, with an insanely glossy mirror-like shine.

What is

OLAPLEX

In a nutshell, OLAPLEX is a multi-step hair treatment system that has the ability to repair damaged hair and push the boundaries of chemical hair treatments. It was developed specifically for use in salons by professionals and features patented ingredients, so you won’t find the same results anywhere else. OLAPLEX also produces aftercare products for clients to maintain their results at home. We love OLAPLEX because it is very versatile. It can be used within chemical hair processing and colour services or as a stand-alone treatment to strengthen hair or to restore damaged hair.

What is a

Formal Hairstyle

Any of various hairstyles in which the hair is gathered together and secured to the back or top of the head, often in elaborate arrangements, as for a wedding or other formal occasion.
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